Thank you for your interest in Out In Front Seattle! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to review our website before applying. Because of the time commitment, Out in Front may not be for everyone, but we aim to serve everyone with an interest in LGBTQ leadership in Seattle.
Mission, History and Values
Out In Front’s mission is to foster the development of effective, engaged, and passionate leaders in order to build a thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. We do this through training, networking, and mentorship – connecting participants to some of the foremost current leaders in our LGBTQ movement. From the non-profit sector, to government, to the corporate world, Out In Front strives to provide a diverse look at the ways in which our community works for equality, and the ways our community can more effectively reach out to our friends and allies.
Out In Front was founded in 2005; a pilot program was offered in 2009 following four years of organizing, research, and development work. Out In Front inspires individuals to examine issues relevant to the LGBTQ community, learn from their experience and apply new skills. The program’s approach to content-based skills acquisition covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from community organizing to effective board service; public speaking to crafting public policy; leveraging social media to collaborating with organizational allies outside of the LGBTQ community. The hands-on training is conducted by established local, regional, and national community leaders who, like our students, represent a wide variety of backgrounds and professional fields. Sessions include interactive activities, small group and whole-class discussion, and presentations.
While Out In Front has modeled itself after such well-known programs as Leadership Tomorrow, it is the fact that it serves a completely LGTBQ audience that sets it apart. Unlike other leadership development programs, the members of the Out In Front cohort represent the majority during the program. This establishment of a truly safe space provides opportunities for these leaders to explore their skills and talents, and enhances their personal and professional journey.
Out In Front encourages its alumni to take up the yoke of leadership in every aspect of their lives, whether professionally or personally, through activism or entrepreneurship, serving others or building a career. Out In Front creates the leaders of tomorrow, those who will take their places in both the LGBTQ and broader community.
Program Sessions and Dates
Over a series of 11 days, divided into 9 modules, the program’s curriculum guides the cohort through a series of topics. Each module builds upon the prior, with a laddering effect that not only deepens the individual’s knowledge of the topic, but provides opportunities for the individual to put the skills into practice. The cohort model encourages an environment of trust and security, necessary for the participants to examine themselves and delve deeply into topics of both a personal and psychological nature.
Carefully read the Participation Agreement. This becomes a binding agreement between you as a participant and Out In Front as an organization. It is also an understanding between you and the other members of your cohort. You will be spending hundreds of hours will your fellow participants, and it’s our desire that you start off on the right foot. Participants are expected to conduct themselves respectfully, in good faith, and with an open mind.
Please note that your attendance is a key to your success in the program. We expect that you will attend all sessions, project meetings and other events as required.
Please read the Tuition Policy in full. Again, the policy forms the basis of our understanding of how you wish to deal with the financial realities of being a cohort member.
That said, we don’t want tuition to be a barrier to anyone. Please do not let finances deter you from applying.
The Application Process
The idea behind the application and interview process is to encourage you to think about where you’ve been and how you’d like to grow in your community leadership, and through that give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to us.
Out In Front values inclusivity; members of communities of color, communities of faith, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please read the application carefully and answer thoughtfully. We’re looking for a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and circumstances… don’t just tell us what you think we want to hear! Because we’re asking you to reflect thoughtfully, the application will take some time. Because of technical limitations, the application has to be completed in one session. Consider starting your answers in a text document on your computer and pasting them over once you’re done. Paper applications are available by email request.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Out In Front reserves the right to revise these policies.